Author: J. Moritz, President, Sapiens Press (I): Contact: sapienllc.com
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Smart Mouthware Computer Mouse is a touchpad that is built into an orthodontic holder that allows users to move the cursor by moving their tongue over the roof of their mouth.
Colin was frustrated with the head tracking mouse he was using, as he had to take extra actions every time he right-clicked or scrolled.
The click is done by flattening the tongue against the roof of the mouth, and the scrolling is done by quickly swiping the tongue across the pad in the desired direction of the scroll.
The Fort Collins startup is creating a retainer to control your computer and phone. JJ Moritz and Matt Schultz have developed an orthodontic holder that allows a user to control their phone or computer with their tongue.
Sapien LLC manufactures assistive technology and neuroscience research instruments and is based in Fort Collins, CO. The 2014 by Dr. Company founded by John Williams and JJ Moritz aims to develop products that empower and empower people.
Engineers began working full-time on this project in November 2019 and are working with Colin Heffern, a paraplegic landscape architect and staff member at Craig Hospital, to test the first prototypes. Their goal is to develop a computer mouse for people with disabilities that is as fast as a hand-operated mouse.
The Smart Mouthware Computer Mouse is a touchpad integrated into the roof of an orthodontic retainer that allows the wearer to move the cursor by moving the tongue across the roof of the mouth. Clicking (left, right and click drag) is done by flattening the tongue against the roof of the mouth. Scrolling is done by swiping your tongue over the pad in the desired direction of the scroll.
“Most of the mouse options for people with disabilities are slow in one way or another. Colin was frustrated with the head-tracking mouse he was using because he had to take extra actions every time he right-clicked or scrolled . We have solved this problem, “says JJ Moritz.
The Smart Mouthware ™ computer mouse they developed is a touchpad built into the roof of an orthodontic holder that allows the user to move the cursor by moving their tongue over the roof of their mouth. Clicking (left, right, and click-dragging) is done by flattening the tongue against the roof of the mouth, and scrolling is done by swiping the tongue across the pad in the desired direction of the scroll.
“It enables the full functionality of the mouse, which seems to be really nice,” Colin explains in a YouTube test of the current prototype.
In this video, Colin explains some improvements that need to be made in the final product, but says that the current prototype allows him to simply click and perform actions like right-click and drag. He’s also excited about technology that allows him to control both his computer and his phone.
JJ and Matt self-funded the project for several months and then launched a crowdfunding campaign in February. JJ Moritz states they chose crowdfunding (as opposed to borrowing or investing) to keep end product costs down.
“Insurance doesn’t cover most assistive technologies, and Medicaid’s Colorado employees have strict asset limits. So we need to keep this product affordable for someone with an injury. If we got any money or credit from investors, we’d have to Set product costs much higher early on in order to repay the money, “explains Moritz.
The aim is to keep the cost of a single device around $ 400, although Moritz admits this is difficult to achieve as donations to their crowdfunding campaign have slowed. Regardless, they hope to launch the product this October after additional user testing and improvements.
For more information on this endeavor, please contact:
Email: JJ Moritz at [email protected]
Phone: (720) -308-2657
Further information can also be found at:
Tongue-driven wireless device powers computers and wheelchairs – The tongue-driven wireless device enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to operate a computer and maneuver an electrically powered wheelchair by moving their tongue.
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Journal: Disabled World. Language: English. Author: JJ Moritz, President, Sapien LLC. Electronic publication date: 2020-08-02. Last revised date: 2020-08-02. Reference Title: “Smart Mouthware: Controlling the Telephone or Computer with the Tongue” Source: Smart Mouthware: Controlling the Telephone or Computer with the Tongue. Summary: Smart Mouthware Computer Mouse is a touchpad that is built into an orthodontic holder that allows users to move the cursor by moving their tongue over the roof of their mouth. Retrieved on December 19, 2020 from https://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/smart-mouthware.php – reference category number: DW # 148-13864.